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A Question of Sportsmanship

Today's musings are directed toward the Brown University Athletic Department and the Meehan Auditorium event staff. In recent years they have shown themselves to be hostile to team spirit exhibited by fans cheering for the visiting team. One year--and I was there to see this happen--they refused admittance to Cornell's Big Red Band, which routinely accompanies the men's ice hockey team to away games. All but five band members were forced to leave their instruments on the bus. Brown has gotten a little better since that time (they allow bands to bring instruments now), but...

March 19, 2010: A Big Red Letter Day!

We can't be in two places at once, much less three. But if I could, yesterday I would have been at the venues for Cornell Men's Hockey at the ECAC semifinals; for Cornell Women's Hockey at the NCAA Women's Frozen Four semifinals, and for Cornell Men's Basketball in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It's amazing to see the Big Red doing this well in so many sports at the same time, and I'm glad I was able to make it to one of the games, Men's Hockey.

Today is another day, and while there are important games ahead, with all three championships still up for grabs, it's going to be a long time before I forget how many tournaments I was following the Big Red in on one day.

Go Big Red!

Cornell in the 2010 ECAC Men's Hockey Tournament

Mark and I will be cheering on the Big Red Men's Hockey at the Times Union Center this Friday. Yale, with a 2-0 lead over Cornell in the regular season, was knocked out of the ECAC quarterfinals by Brown in three games this past weekend. Meanwhile, Cornell trounced Harvard with a pair of definitive wins on home ice. (Maybe they call them "Crimson" because that's the color of their faces after an embarrassing 3-0 shutout in tournament play :-) ) Cornell will be facing Brown on Friday at 4:00 PM, and the Big Red is coming into the game bolstered by a regular season 2-0 winning record vs Brown. Then again, so did Yale, and hopefully the Red will not be complacent.

While we'd generally stay in Boston for the Hockey East tournament to root for BU, the only reason they're even in the tournament is that the stars lined up just right two weekends ago: were it not for some surprise losses in other games, BU could have been sitting out this year. While we of course want BU to win, between the two teams, I think Cornell stands a better chance of winning its tournament.

Let's Go Red!

Cornell vs. Syracuse - Great lacrosse game except for one detail

Yeah, the Big Red lost to Syracuse today. I watched the game on TV and was thrilled to watch as Cornell kept the lead away from Syracuse. With about 4 minutes left in the game, the score was 9-6 Cornell.

Then the final four minutes struck.

Cornell's Dragon Day

Another tradition falls victim to environmental regulations.

Every year, Cornell's freshman architect students build a giant dragon and parade it around main campus. The festivities culminate in the burning of the dragon on the Arts Quad.

Because dragons generally contain varying amounts of paints, glues, and other materials that emit toxins when burned, the event would have run afoul of new environmental regulations in New York banning the intentional burning of substances that are neither wood nor agricultural products. This year's dragon was spared, and a symbolic dragon's nest was burned instead.

The students are rightfully disappointed that regulations quashed part of a cherished campus tradition. It's unfortunate that the regulations don't recognize a difference between habitual or repeat offenses, and very occasional events such as Dragon Day.

I hold out little hope for a regulatory change or loophole, but knowing the ingenuity of Cornell students, I am certain that it is only a matter of time before we see dragons that can be burned in compliance with the regulations.

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